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saint patrick's cathedral. ♪ ♪ tonight, "on the record," pope francis takes on the big apple. the pope just arrived in new york city after historic day in our nation's capital. the holy father giving first papal address to a joint meeting of cock. attacking a wide variety of issues: the pope urging america's leaders to unite for the greater good and right now an evening prayer service is underway in new york city's beautiful saint patrick's cathedral. pope francis will deliver his prayer any moment. let's listen as soon as he does. the service is just beginning. ♪ ♪
♪ i cry to you, lord ♪ and you hear me ♪ i will praise your forever -- you never. ♪ i cry to you, lord ♪ and you healed me ♪ i will praise you forever ♪ i will praise you, lord ♪ you have rescued me ♪ and have not let my enemy rejoice over me ♪ o, lord, i cry for you for help ♪ and you my god have healed me ♪ o are, lord, you have my soul ♪ restore me to life from those who take to the grave
first, i recognize that today is the day of sacrifice. and i wish i could have been -- make this warmer, this greeting to be warmer. but i am close and my sentiments are close. i am thinking of them. i'm close to them in the face of tragedy. tragedy that they suffered in mecca. in this moment i give
>> cathedral of saint patrick built over many years through the sacrifices of many men and women, is a symbol of the work of generations of american priests and religious and lay faithful who helped build up the church in the united states. many priests and religions in this country that have not only in education but in other areas have had a central role assisting parents in handing down to
their children the food that nourishes them for life. many did so at the cost of extraordinary sacrifice and with heroic charity. i think, for example, of saint elizabeth ann see seton who found the first free catholic school for girls in the united states or in saint john newman, the founder of the first system of catholic education in this country. this evening, my brothers and sisters i have come to join you in prayer. that our vocations as
priests will continue to build up the great edifice of god's kingdom in this country i know that as the presbyterianin the midst of god's people you recently have suffered greatly in the not distant past by having to bear the shame of some of your brothers. brothers who have harmed and scandalized the church in the most vulnerable of her members. in the words of the book of revelation, i know well that you have come forth from the
great tribulation and i accompany you at this time of pain and difficulty. and i thank god for your faithful service to his people. doing so in the hope of helping you to preserve on the path of fidelity to jesus christ. and i would like to offer two brief reflections. the first concern is of the spirit of gratitude. the joy of men and women who love god, attracts others to him. priests and religious are called to find and radiate
lasting satisfaction in their vocation. joy springs from a grateful heart truly we have received much, so many graces, so many blessings. and in this we rejoice. it will do us good to think back on our lives with the graves remembrance remembrance of when we were first called remembrance of the road traveled. remembrance of graces received. and, above all,of our encounters christ, so often along the
way. remembrance of the amazement which our encounter with jesus christ has awakened in our hearts. sisters, brothers, priests and religious, to seek the grace of remembrance so as to grow in the spirit of gratitude, perhaps we need to ask ourselves, are we capable of counting our blessings? or have i forgotten them? a second area is the spirit of hard work.
a grateful heart is spontaneously impelled to serve the lord and find expression in a life of commitment to our work. once we realize how much god has given us, we learn that a life of sacrifice, of working for him and for others becomes a privileged way, a privileged way of responding to his great love. yet, if we are honest, we must recognize how easily this spirit of generous self-sacrifice can be dampened.
there are a couple of ways that this can happen. and both are examples of the spiritual worldliness which weakens our commitment to serve as dedicated men and women. and 't. diminishes our wonder of our first encounter with christ. we can get caught up in measuring the value of our apostolic works by the standards of efficiency, good management, and outward success. which govern the business world.
not that these things are inimportant, of course, but we have been entrusted with a great responsibility. and this is why god's people rightly expect accountability from us but the true worth of our apostle. >> it is measured by the true value it has in god's eyes. to see and see valuate things from god's perspective, calls for constant, constant conversion in the first days and years of our vocation and need i say it demands great humility. the cross shows us a different way of measuring success.
ours is to plant the seeds. god sees to the fruits of our labors. and if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and not produce fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of jesus christ, and his life humanly speaking ended in failure, the failure of the cross. another danger another dirng emerges when we become jealous of our free time. when we think that worldly
comforts help us to serve better. the problem with this way of reasoning is that it can blunt the power of god's daily call to conversion, to encounter with him. slowly, but surely, it diminishes our spirit of sacrifice. our spirit of renunciation and our spirit of hard work. it also alienates people who suffer material poverty and who are forced to make greater sacrifices than those that we make ourselves. rest is needed as our
moments of leisure and self-enrichment but we need to learn to rest in a way that deepens our desire to serve with generosity. closeness to the poor, the refugee, the immigrant, the sick, the exploited, the elderly living alone, prisoners, and all god's other poor will teach us a different way of resting. one which is more christian and generous. gratitude and hard work these are two pillars of the
spiritual life which i have wanted to share with you this evening. with you, the priest, and religious men and women this afternoon there. he thank you for your prayers and your work. and for the daily sacrifices that you make in the various areas of your apostolic. they bear rich fruit for the life of the church. i would especially like to thank and express my esteem and gratitude to the
like saint peter, i ask you that regardless of the difficulties and trials you face, be at peace and respond to them as christ did. he gave thanks to the father, took up his cross, and looked forward. dear brothers and sisters, in a few moments he we will sing the imagine any if -- ma magnificent. let us join her in thanking god for the great things he has done. and for the great things he will continue to do in us
the heart of new york city. new yorkers and people from all over the world come to saint patrick's cathedral to pray, to cry, to rejoice, to sense god's love and grace and mercy in and the mass and the sacraments, this evening our religious sisters and brothers, lay leaders, friends and neighbors have come to pray with you and for you. [speaking spanish] [ applause ]
>> now, for the past three years, we have all worked very hard to repair and renew and restore our beloved saint patrick's cathedral. thanks to the workers whom you saw outside and to the extraordinary generosity and leadership of so many people here. we have seen this repair and restoration as an invitation from jesus to the spiritual renewal of ourselves and his church as you have asked. your presence this happy evening renews all of us and provides a special blessing for all our work for this cathedral we so love. and now we ask you, holy father, at the end of this vets vespers to bless our
sacraments, experience the presence of god, be with those with the lives and reigns forever and ever. >> amen. >> blessed be the name of the lord. >> forever and ever. >> our help is the name of the lord. >> forever and ever. >> may almighty be be with you, the father, and the son, and holy spirit. >> amen. >> go in peace. >>
>> you have been watching coverage of the pope's historic visit to new york city. an evening prayer service is ending now at saint patrick's cathedral. stay with fox news for coverage of the pope's visit to america. shepard smith will anchor special coverage tomorrow night from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. up next, the o'reilly factor and we leave you with more from beautiful saint patrick's cathedral in new york city. it is spectacular. good night. ♪ ♪
the o'reilly factor is on. tonight. >> i want to make sure that the american people get a good close look at just how extreme the republican field of candidates. they outdo crazy every single time they step on that stage. >> the head of the democratic national committee smearing marco rubio using jews and nazis to do it. the story is unbelievable. we will present it to you. >> it truly offended me that someone, the same race that i am, would have this point of view. >> so american muslim clerics believe that ben carson quit the race. ben carson will be here to